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Old 06-18-2013, 02:55 PM
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I know Cobber had a real problem with focusing on whatever we were supposed to be working on in the last dog club puppy class. At Petco, where we're inside with few distractions and just one other puppy, he does pretty well. Outside at a farm in this huge open-sided pavilion with 9 other pups and their families and distractions in every direction as far as the eye can see, it's really really hard to focus. Thus all the "terrier" remarks last week.

So tomorrow, Cobber's going to puppy daycare (he doesn't usually go on Wednesdays, he's usually home with me) so he can get thoroughly worn out, and I'm asking they not feed him his lunch either. I want a tired, hungry puppy tomorrow night. I have cut up hot dogs and cheese sticks, and I'm so hoping we accomplish some things as a result of all this

I was also expecting more puppy socialization than what is allowed at our class. We did get to walk our puppies around to smell the blankets/mats of all the other pups, and the instructor assured us that doing that is very much socializing them, but no actual meeting/interacting. We're also under orders that each puppy is not allowed to meet another puppy without that puppy's owner's permission, so things are pretty strict. I had heard about things like "pass the puppy" in class and thought that's more what we'd be doing (the socializing part), but it doesn't seem like we're going to do anything beyond lots of actual obedience training. Not that Cobber doesn't need obedience training, because he does! He doesn't do well at all with "leave it" "give/drop" or LAT, among other things.

Anyway, just comiserating with you. If you do keep going, I hope it works out!
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:30 PM
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Have you tried a head collar like a Halti or Gentle Leader? I had the same problem with my pup, but it worked miracles for her at class. She pays 100% attention to me!

I would stick out the class, even if you dont learn anything, its good socialization.

We, too, are not allowed to "socialize" specifically with the other dogs - a little bit after class only. The reason for this is so that the dogs are focused on US, not each other. Playing with another dog before class will make your pup want to play more. Instead, try tiring her out fetching or a good long walk before class.

You can do it!
We're not allowed any 'tools' so no halties or harnesses, because the puppies are supposed to learn to focus on us before using those things. I've already asked

and, not making an excuse, but for some reason when I walk Tessa before class she gets more barky and grouchy than if I don't. I am going to try doggie daycare though, for the socialization and maybe to tucker her out early in the day....
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:29 PM
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We're not allowed any 'tools' so no halties or harnesses, because the puppies are supposed to learn to focus on us before using those things. I've already asked
Hey if you are paying, I figure you can use whatever tool will help you get the most from the training...

Best of luck! It will get better. Time and patience.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:58 PM
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VERY weird how you cant socialize the pups before class, in my classes they are allowed to as its healthy and once thats out the way they are more focused. Some trainers are weird
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:07 PM
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why 139 dollars? here in NZ its 60 dollars
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Because every where in my city, people enjoy gauging dog owners. At one time they wanted dog owners to pay per visit to the dog parks, fortunately it went over like a lead balloon. I live in southern Alberta, Canada.

The class was $130 but with taxes it worked out to $139 (I got lucky it is going up to $175 July 1st). It's also not uncommon for vets to charge $150 just for a short check up (not including blood work, exam, or meds); Emerg vet is usually well over $700 for a emerg visit. Vets around here charge around $600 for a spay (not including 'optional' blood work); to put a dog to sleep cost me $325 when you had to let Jazzy go. Boarding fees are usually around $150 a day (at the cheap end).

It's a cash grab. The only thing not so expensive is food around here. It's why I travel 45 minutes to a clinic in another county who charges more than 50% less than in my city.
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ouch so expensive! esp the vets! 600 for a spay? gosh i thought 280 was expensive!
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